EPA Says It Will Toss Artifacts from Historic 18th Century US Fort into a Landfill
The EPA now says that the beams are contaminated with potential carcinogens known as PCBs and therefore must be buried in a landfill.
The dredging operation is being conducted to remove sediments containing PCBs from the river about 40 miles north of Albany, N.Y.
Fort Edward, where the dredging damage occurred, was one of the largest forts in the colonies during the French and Indian War in the mid-18th century, and it was a key strategic position during the American Revolution...
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Donald Wolberg - 8/19/2009
One wonders where the outrage or at least complaints of historians and scientists are when reflexive regulators with god complexes determine what is or isn't in everyone's best interest. The beams may well be "contaminated" with PCBs, but one wonders what the concentrations might be, berhaps parts per million or even parts per billion? The wonder of the discovery is that these appear to be beams from a British fort and not only are significant because of their value as just that, but also represent wood that is of significance for climate data, atmospheric chemistry data, botanical data, etc. One wonders if the EPA might be violating other federal laws, namely the Archaeological Resources Protection Act by this action. Where is the Smithsonian in all this? It is odd that we live in an age where agencies and faceless bureaucrats determine what is scientifically or historically significant or not.
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